Whose party is it?

I watched this Sunday's Meet The Press, where Rev. Jerry Falwell said the following:

MR. RUSSERT:  On "Desperate Housewives," Newsweek says that the creator of "Desperate Housewives" is a conservative, gay Republican.

REV. SHARPTON:  That's what I was going to say.  Do you find that...

DR. FALWELL:  Well, the fact that he's a gay Republican means he should join the Democratic Party.

So, does this mean that Falwell thinks that Ken Mehlman, newly appointed head of the Republican National Committee, should leave the party as well? He's apparently gay. Or is that okay, because he's willing to hide his sexual orientation while heading a party that denounces his fellow homosexuals? Which is it Jerry?

When Howard Dean talked about wanting to include "guys with Confederate flags on their pickup trucks" in the Democratic party he took a lot of heat. I don't hear any prominent Republicans denouncing what Falwell just said about homosexual members of his party. The silence is deafening.